Harlequin Seeking Real Men. Oh are they?

From this Reuters article we can see that some people are still confused about what a real man is: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070324/od_nm/harlequin_models_dc_2

"We're looking for some guys that are not your usual models, but have that iconic look that women go for -- sexy, sensitive, beautiful and fit," said Harlequin spokeswoman Marleah Stout, who attended the open casting.

"We want real men ... exactly what you think in your mind when you're fantasizing or imagining that ideal man."

Until now, the publisher relied on modeling agencies to supply bodies for its concupiscent covers. But the readership -- predominantly female and averaging 42 years of age -- was upset when slight, young cover models clashed with the brawny, mature heroes described within.

"Some of the heroes are captains of industry, billionaires," said Deborah Peterson, a Harlequin creative designer and a judge at the audition. "A lot of the models were too young, men in their twenties ... and our audience likes men a little bit older, a bit bigger, than the runway models."

They seem pretty confused about what they want. Sexy, sensitive beautiful and fit men; that's realistic. It all goes down hill from there.

How can a man be real and "ideal"? As far as I can tell billionaires do not represent the idea of real men. They are about 1% of the Earth's population (if not less.) From the picture and description in the article their concept of "fit" means chiseled statue type. That isn't real. That is spending the majority of the day working out and obsessing over how you look. Real men don't do that. Real men work out on spare time to get fit for their well-being and to look healthy.

I know this article is about romance novels. And the woman reading these want a fantasy. That's cool. I'm all for it, but let's call it what it is. Ignis fatuus.

In reality most men who are astronomically rich and uber-fit don't have much time for the romance and passion that Harlequin novel readers fantasize about. They spend most of the day handling business and working on their looks in the gym.

A real woman would get bored pretty darn fast with a man like that.